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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Midsummer's Night Dreams, June 20, 2014

Welcome to my Midsummer's Night's post, the shortest night of the year.  Today I am linking with-

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma Wiseman

Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally

Skywatch Friday hosted by Yogi, Sylvia, and Sandy

The roses are still blooming great, climbing Dublin Bay, a gorgeous red that lasts a long time on the vine-



Ground cover rose Lavender Dream-

Rugosa Rose Topaz Jewel-

Topaz Jewel with visitor, a Soldier beetle, which eats pollen and is related to a Lightning bug but very ugly, apparently they swarm in Australia-

The Japanese Irises are blooming as well, they make me think of twirling ballerina skirts, Tuptim-


Ink on Ice-

Ink on Ice with a magenta Siberian Iris-

Perhaps you noticed another visitor in the above photo, amazing to me another large elegant moth with a fuzzy orange and black caterpillar, Ranchman's Tiger Moth, Platyprepia virginalis, I guess it couldn't fly in the rain-

And finally Campanula poscharskyana, on the north side of my house where it gets little or no sun, note the blue recycling bin-

Wider shot, on the left you can see one of my Rhododendrons pruned to see the twisty branches-

This Campanula is even edible, though I haven't tried it, closer up, cute little heart-shaped leaves-

A surprise was a bigger flowered Campanula, I think rotundifolia popped up at the edge of a bed last year, and increased in size this year-



So, Happy Summer, I am pleased to be picking raspberries, currants, strawberries, and a few blueberries now.  I just chased a deer out of my main garden bed, he could have done a lot of damage but apparently just got there, I left the gate open.   Silly me.   -Hannah

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35 comments:

  1. Always love "walking" around your garden. Had the white version of the campanula as well a te purple ground cover in my old garden. You have lovely roses. Hope you have a productive gardening week and no more deer visitors.

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    1. Thanks, Janice, I love walking around my garden too, and I like virtually walking around in other gardens too through blogging. I'm afraid I will never lack deer visitors, soon it will be pear and apple season, they love that. I just wish they would leave my vegetables alone...

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  2. beautiful blooms in your garden. TFS

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    1. Thanks, Felicia, it is fun to go out and see what is blooming, I especially like finding something wild like the moth to photograph.

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    1. Thanks, Birgitta, it's hard to believe it's summer already.

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  4. Hi Hannah,

    I enjoy your garden almost as much as you do. Thanks for playing today.

    Happy Blue Monday!

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    1. Thanks, I enjoy it except during the many hours a day you don't see me pulling and cutting weeds, but even then I enjoy being outdoors and breathing fresh air, plus I listen to praise music the whole time.

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  5. Wonderful colors, exquisite flowers! Nice pictures! The most seductive beauty!

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    1. Thanks, Leovi, seductive yet fleeting....

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  6. Your flowers are like visiting a rainbow. Beautiful. Happy Blue Monday.

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    1. Thanks, the flowers brighten my day, I enjoyed your scientific explanation.

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  7. Divine floral and love the bug shot too ~ Happy Week to you ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thanks, Carol, I don't get over to the ocean much so I love seeing your nautical photos, and wonder what artmusedog is up to.

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  8. Beautiful roses and other flowers. Not to mention the Tiger Moth!

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    1. Thanks, I really enjoy seeing so many wonderful moths in that family this year, I can't believe how many different tiger moths live here and I didn't even realize it until recently.

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  9. Such a lovely garden and the colours are so pretty!

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    1. Thanks, I like your irises with the dark bee guides.

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  10. How wonderful! I love all the roses and the irises. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, I look forward to the Japanese irises every year, they don't seem to be as fussy about being divided in order to keep blooming. And they survive at the soggy bottom of our property where all the winter water drains.

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  11. Beautiful photos, really a great garden.

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    1. Thanks, Christian, your wildlife photography is fun.

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  12. You have a beautiful garden.

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    1. Thanks, I enjoyed your cardinal, they are nostalgically one of my favorite birds from my childhood that I don't get to see anymore.

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  13. Oh your garden is gorgeous! Lots of vibrant colors and those purples! So royal! Glad I am here. Happy week to you and Happy Blue Monday.

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    1. Thanks, Anne, I was so happy when the big Campanulas appeared in my garden effortlessly, and that they came back this year.

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  14. Your red rose on the vine reminds me a lot of the one I took a cutting of recently. Very pretty indeed, as is the Japanese iris and the picturesque way you described it.

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    1. Thanks, Penelope. I agree that red roses are very special, I hope you suceed in rooting yours.

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  15. You've taken so loveley shots!

    Thanks for stopping bay & leaving a comment - i prefered the silver tablet too .. Frauke

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    1. Thanks, Frauke, the flowers were very elegant, I hadn't realized Safflowers made such pretty cut flowers.

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  16. Hi Hannah
    Your garden is a delight, I feel very lucky not to have had to face a swarm of soldier beetles, they are possibly further up north than me.
    Have a lovely week and hope you get some time to relax in the garden this week, it is a busy time of year.
    Wren x

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    1. I mostly relax in the garden by taking photos. But I never have really sat around in a garden, I made the mistake of buying a metal lounge with a pillow seat for the garden, and never sit in it, though I used to hear it rocking and would go look and a scruffy feral cat would be doing it. LOL but except for all the weeding I enjoy being out in the garden. Yesterday I set up more soaker hoses and mulched with dred grass clippings so my main garden is all planted and set up now for easy maintenance. Perhaps I can photograph it for next week. It has beans, peas, 3 rows of squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, and greens.

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  17. I enjoyed the way you described the "swirling skirts" of the Irises! They're beautiful blooms, and your description and photos do them justice. I also enjoyed seeing the insects: That moth is beautiful! The Campanula obviously likes its home by the path and the lovely stone wall. Gorgeous!

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    1. The Japanese irises are fun. I love seeing the moths but to see their full beauty they would have to have their wings fully open and flat, I don't get to see them like that, in fact in 20 years I've only gotten to see the moths twice and in the last 2 years. I do see the wooly bears fairly often. There are an amazing number of photographic plates of moths on pnwmoths though, I don't know how many actually live in my garden, since they probably mostly fly at night, though I do see the occasional lovely Cinabar Moth flitting around, and enjoy their caterpillers a lot.

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